An analysis by NIESR finds the party's less aggressive deficit reduction programme would boost growth.
The economy would grow faster under Labour - new study aids Miliband and Balls
By George Eaton - 09 February 14:59

An analysis by NIESR finds the party's less aggressive deficit reduction programme would boost growth. 

Even the right is attacking George Osborne's perks for pensioners
By Anoosh Chakelian - 09 February 14:15

The Conservative MP Dr Phillip Lee has criticised the Chancellor's election bribe more honestly than Labour has.

Green deputy leaders contradict Caroline Lucas: Citizens’ Income will be in the manifesto
By Ashley Cowburn - 09 February 13:23

Last week, the Green MP Caroline Lucas called the Citizens' Income policy a "longer-term aspiration", but the party's deputy leaders insist it will be on their 2015 programme for government.

Three years after the horsemeat scandal, are we any closer to knowing what we're eating?
By Glenis Willmott - 09 February 13:07

This week, MEPs will vote on proposals for the mandatory country of origin labelling of meat in processed foods – a vital measure for food safety and consumer choice.

Ukip deputy chair Suzanne Evans: Mansion Tax is “equally unconscionable” to the Bedroom Tax
By Tim Wigmore - 09 February 12:50

Ukip's most senior woman, and third most senior in the party, speaks about writing the manifesto, Ukip's women problem, and why London has not accepted her party.

"There is no shortage of land. None, zero, anywhere": the National Housing Federation's David Orr
By Jonn Elledge - 09 February 12:18

The National Housing Federation chief executive on politicians missing the urgency to build more homes, his solutions to the housing crisis, and why it's "rubbish" that there's not enough space.

David Cameron's "women problem" may intensify as Labour plans to double paternity leave
By Anoosh Chakelian - 09 February 8:39

Ed Miliband's latest pledge on paternity leave will be popular with parents and families – and could exacerbate the Tories' lack of appeal to women voters.

Nigel Dodds says he "can do business" with Ed Miliband and praises his responsible capitalism agenda.
DUP could do a deal with Labour, says party's Westminster leader
By George Eaton - 09 February 7:36

Nigel Dodds says he "can do business" with Ed Miliband and praises his responsible capitalism agenda. 

The Conservatives are more focused on winning back traditional supporters than attracting new ones.
Osborne's courting of the silver vote shows the Tories' limited ambition
By George Eaton - 08 February 13:24

The Conservatives are more focused on winning back traditional supporters than attracting new ones. 

Liz Kendall's speech to the Usdaw conference: full text
By Liz Kendall - 07 February 13:40

The Labour MP for Leicester West and shadow minister for care and older people speaks to the union about creating an economy that works for everyone.

Revised Ashcroft polling shows Nick Clegg could lose his seat
By Anoosh Chakelian - 07 February 12:54

Ashcroft's poll for Sheffield Hallam, having been revised, shows the Lib Dem leader three points behind Labour.

Time is running out for Nick Clegg's media rehabilitation – but it's still possible
By Alan Martin - 06 February 16:34

Time is running out for the Lib Dem leader to make himself popular again.

Allowing members of members of affiliated unions to become Affiliated Supporters will give them the chance to shape the party's future.
How Labour is making its trade union link stronger than ever
By Jon Trickett - 06 February 13:29

Allowing members of members of affiliated unions to become Affiliated Supporters will give them the chance to shape the party's future. 

Why haven't Labour's other proposals matched the success of their energy price freeze plan?
By Adam Ludlow - 06 February 12:29

The lessons in communication and research political parties can learn from how Ed Miliband's energy price freeze announcement played out.

When Scottish Labour’s walls come tumbling down
By Gerry Hassan - 06 February 11:48

Scottish Labour needs to work out what kind of Scotland it wants to champion and bring about.

What exactly did Tristram Hunt say about nuns, and why is everyone so angry?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 06 February 11:09

People are criticising the shadow education secretary for being contemptuous of nuns, but what really happened?

Does London's housing industry have a problem with race?
By Alastair Sloan - 06 February 9:27

The UK has perfectly decent race discrimination laws – but in an area as complex as housing, the government must double down on efforts to enforce this legislation.

FGM Zero Tolerance Day: we mustn't forget prevention is more crucial than prosecution
By June Eric-Udorie - 06 February 9:03

As the UK's first trial for female genital mutilation ends this week, we must remember that education is key to ending the practice.

The government's NHS reforms have been "disastrous"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 06 February 8:40

A respected health policy think tank, the King's Fund, has blasted the government's restructuring of the health service.

Minds are turning to the leadership contest to come, with Tim Farron regarded as unassailable.
Even if Clegg keeps his seat, most Lib Dems expect him to depart
By George Eaton - 05 February 16:55

Minds are turning to the leadership contest to come, with Tim Farron regarded as unassailable. 

Why the government’s anti-terror plans won’t work and risk damaging universities
By Sally Hunt - 05 February 16:46

The government wants to introduce legislation that would force a new statutory duty on universities and colleges to, "have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism".

We don't need tax cuts for the rich, we need greater say in where our tax goes
By Lauren Razavi - 05 February 16:38

A system of tax sovereignty would be easy to achieve for Britain, and would give our democracy a truly radical boost.

Labour's biggest own-goal on business isn't forgetting Bill Somebody's name
By Anoosh Chakelian - 05 February 16:00

The Labour party has missed a good opportunity to win over British business, and it’s nothing to do with forgetting the names of its advocates.

Can Labour kick Nick Clegg out of Sheffield Hallam in May?
By Tim Wigmore - 05 February 15:08

Labour could depose Clegg in Sheffield Hallam, but scarce funding, another anti-Clegg vote (the Greens), and Tories voting tactically could save the Deputy Prime Minister.

It is no longer enough for our parties just to talk about mental health
By Dan Holden - 05 February 13:46

Since the last election, mental health has risen higher in the agenda than many campaigners even dreamt of. Labour, however, is behaving as though just talking about the issue is still good enough. 

Over 200,000 young people have fallen off the electoral register: time to get them back
By Liz Kendall - 05 February 11:26

It's National Voter Registration Day today and time for the young people hit by the system changes to sign up.

Shadow Northern Ireland secretary says the party's programme is "not as well developed as it needs to be".
Ivan Lewis: Labour needs "stronger and bolder" policies to win over young voters
By George Eaton - 05 February 10:39

In an interview with the NS, the shadow Northern Ireland secretary says the party's programme is "not as well developed as it needs to be". 

New crop of MPs unlikely to be anymore socially diverse  Photo: Getty/ Christopher Furlong
Old boys’ club will continue their reign into the next Parliament
By Ashley Cowburn - 05 February 9:40

According to the research by the Sutton Trust, 31 per cent of parliamentary candidates attended private school, compared with 7 per cent of the population.

MPs condemn the UK government role in fighting Islamic State as "strikingly modest"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 05 February 8:33

A cross-party group of MPs are calling for greater action against the extremist militants.

From Scotland to Spain to Greece, we see a new political world emerging
By Neal Lawson - 04 February 18:00

Politics is now operating at "three speeds". Can our establishment parties keep up?

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